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Integrated Terrestrial/Aerial 6G Networks for Ubiquitous 3D Super-Connectivity in 2030s

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Thursday December 6th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Prof. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Carleton University, will be presenting a ComSoc distinguished lecture: “Integrated Terrestrial/Aerial 6G Networks for Ubiquitous 3D Super-Connectivity in 2030s”.

Day & Time: Thursday December 6th, 2018
2:00 p.m. ‐ 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Halim Yanikomeroglu
Carleton University

Organizers: ComSoc IEEE Toronto

Location: Bahen Centre, Room BA1230
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: ComSoc IEEE Toronto


Abstract: As the 5G standards are currently being developed with a scheduled completion date of late-2019, it is time to reinitiate a brainstorming endeavour followed by the technical groundwork towards the subsequent generation (6G) wireless networks of 2030s.

One reasonable starting point in this new 6G discussion is to reflect on the possible shortcomings of the 5G networks to-be-deployed. 5G promises to provide connectivity for a broad range of use-cases in a variety of vertical industries; after all, this rich set of scenarios is indeed what distinguishes 5G from the previous four generations. Many of the envisioned 5G use-cases require challenging target values for one or more of the key QoS elements, such as high rate, high reliability, low latency, and high energy efficiency; we refer to the presence of such demanding links as the super-connectivity.

However, the very fundamental principles of digital and wireless communications reveal that the provision of ubiquitous super-connectivity in the global scale – i.e., beyond indoors, dense downtown or campus-type areas – is infeasible with the legacy terrestrial network architecture as this would require prohibitively expensive gross over-provisioning. The problem will only exacerbate with even more demanding 6G use-cases such as UAVs requiring connectivity (ex: delivery drones), thus the need for 3D super-connectivity.

In this talk, we will present a 5-layer vertical architecture composed of fully integrated terrestrial and aerial layers for 6G networks of 2030s:

– Terrestrial HetNets with macro-, micro-, and pico-BSs
– Flying-BSs (aerial-/UAV-/drone-BSs); altitude: up to several 100 m
– High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) (floating-BSs); altitude: ~20 km
– Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) satellites; altitude: 200-1,000 km
– Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites; altitude: 35,786 km

In the absence of a clear technology roadmap for the 2030s, the talk has, to a certain extent, an exploratory view point to stimulate further thinking and creativity. We are certainly at the dawn of a new era in wireless research and innovation; the next twenty years will be very interesting.

Biography: Halim Yanikomeroglu is a Professor at Carleton University. His research covers many aspects of communications technologies with emphasis on wireless networks. He supervised 20 PhD students (all completed with theses). He coauthored 360+ peer-reviewed research papers including 120+ in the IEEE journals; these publications have received 11,000+ citations. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society, and a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has been one of the most frequent tutorial presenters in the leading international IEEE conferences (29 times). He has had extensive collaboration with industry which resulted in 25 granted patents (plus more than a dozen applied). During 2012-2016, he led one of the largest academic-industrial collaborative research projects on pre-standards 5G wireless, sponsored by the Ontario Government and the industry. He served as the General Chair and Technical Program Chair of several major international IEEE conferences.

Integration of Electric Vehicles in Smart Grids

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Friday, July 20th at 11:00 a.m., The IEEE Toronto ComSoc Chapter and University of Toronto – ECE are inviting all interested to the distinguished lecture titled: “Integration of Electric Vehicles in Smart Grids”.

Day & Time: Friday, July 20, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Ying-Jun Angela Zhang
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Location: 40 St George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2E4
Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
Room Number: BA4164

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Communication Society

Abstract: The recent surge in electric vehicle adoption worldwide brings both challenges and opportunities to the electricity power grid. In this talk, we will first introduce our recent work on coordinated electric vehicle charging when the knowledge of future events is unknown. We will then show how the battery systems in electric vehicles can contribute to stabilizing the grid frequency.

Biography: Ying-Jun Angela Zhang (S’00-M’05-SM’10) received her PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong in 2004. Since 2005, she has been with Department of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Her research interests include mainly wireless communications systems and smart power systems, in particular optimization techniques for such systems. She serves as the Chair of the Executive Editor Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Previously, she served many years as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Security and Communications Networks (Wiley), and a Feature Topic in the IEEE Communications Magazine. She has served on the organizing committee of major IEEE conferences including ICC, GLOBECOM, SmartgridComm, VTC, CCNC, ICCC, MASS, etc.. She is now the Chair of IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technical Committee on Smart Grid. She was a Co-Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Multimedia Communications Technical Committee and the IEEE Communication Society GOLD Coordinator. She was the co-recipient of the 2014 IEEE ComSoc APB Outstanding Paper Award, the 2013 IEEE SmartgridComm Best Paper Award, and the 2011 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award on Wireless Communications. She was the recipient of the Young Researcher Award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. As the only winner from engineering science, she has won the Hong Kong Young Scientist Award 2006, conferred by the Hong Kong Institution of Science. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IET and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE ComSoc.

ComSoc Seminar: Beef Up the Edge, How to Build a More Powerful IOT System

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Friday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m., Prof. Yuguang “Michael” Fang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida and fellow of the IEEE, will be presenting a communications seminar: “Beef Up the Edge, How to Build a More Powerful IOT System”.

Day & Time: Friday, May 4, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Yuguang “Michael” Fang
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida
Fellow of the IEEE

Location: Room Number: ENG460
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street., Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: Communications Society, Ryerson University

Abstract: Connected things in various cyber-physical systems (CPSs), namely IoTs, enable us to sense physical environments, extract intelligent information, and better regulate physical systems we heavily depend on in our daily life. Unfortunately, how to design effective and efficient systems to meet specific applications with diverse quality of service requirements is of paramount importance but highly challenging due to the spatial and temporal variations of user traffic, network spectrum resource, computing capability, storage, and device types. One holistic design approach from the end-to-end perspective seems to be in dire need.

In this talk, the speaker will discuss various related problems and challenges in a connected world and then present a novel collaborative network architecture to enabling connected things to effectively harvest in-network capability (spectrum, energy, storage, and computing power) in a cognitive fashion and intelligently manage the spectrum efficiency, energy efficiency, and yes, security! By pushing in-network capability in communications, computing, and storage to the edge, this network architecture provides an effective and robust approach to IoT.

Biography: Dr. Yuguang “Michael” Fang received MS degree from Qufu Normal University, Shandong, China in 1987, PhD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1994 and PhD degree from Boston University in 1997. He was an assistant professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2000. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Florida in 2000 and has been a full professor since 2005. He held a University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship (2006-2009, 2017-2020), a University of Florida Term Professorship (2017-2019) and Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship awarded by the Ministry of Education of China (is currently affiliated with Dalian Maritime University).

Dr. Fang received the US National Science Foundation Career Award in 2001 and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002, 2015 IEEE Communications Society CISTC Technical Recognition Award, 2014 IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award, and multiple Best Paper Awards from IEEE Globecom (2015, 2011 and 2002) and IEEE ICNP (2006). He has also received 2010-2011 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, 2011 Florida Blue Key/UF Homecoming Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2009 UF College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2013-2017), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications (2009-2012), and serves/served on several editorial boards of journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2003-2008, 2011-2016), IEEE Transactions on Communications (2000-2011), and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002-2009). He has been actively participating in conference organizations such as serving as the Technical Program Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM’2014 and the Technical Program Vice-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM’2005. He is a fellow of the IEEE (2008) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2015).

ComSoc Distinguished Lecture: Advances and Challenges in 5G Wireless Security

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Friday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m., Prof. Yi Qian, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska‐Lincoln will be presenting a distinguished lecture: “Advances and Challenges in 5G Wireless Security”.

Day & Time: Friday, May 4, 2018
1:00 p.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Yi Qian
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Nebraska‐Lincoln, USA

Location: Room Number: ENG LG02
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street., Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: Communications Society, Ryerson University

Abstract: Wireless communication technologies are ubiquitous nowadays. Most of the smart devices have Cellular, Wi‐Fi, Bluetooth connections. These technologies have been developed for many years; nonetheless, they are still being enhanced. More development can be expected in the next 5 years, such as faster transmission data rate, more efficient spectrum usage, lower power consumption, etc. Similarly, cellular networks have been evolved for several generations. For example, GSM as part of 2G family, UMTS as part of the 3G family, and LTE as part of 4G family. In the next few years, 5G cellular network systems will continue the evolution to keep up with the fast‐growing needs of customers. Secure wireless communications will certainly be part of other advances in the industry such as multimedia streaming, data storage and sharing in clouds, mobile cloud computing services, etc. This talk covers the topics on security for next generation mobile wireless networks, with focusing on 5G mobile wireless network systems, followed by a discussion on the challenges and open research issues in the area.

Biography: Dr. Yi Qian received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University. He is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska‐Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining UNL, he worked in the telecommunications industry, academia, and the government. Some of his previous professional positions include serving as a senior member of scientific staff and a technical advisor at Nortel Networks, a senior systems engineer and a technical advisor at several start‐up companies, an assistant professor at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and a senior researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research interests include information assurance and network security, network design, network modeling, simulation and performance analysis for next generation wireless networks, wireless ad‐hoc and sensor networks, vehicular networks, smart grid communication networks, broadband satellite networks, optical networks, high‐speed networks and the Internet. He has a successful track record to lead research teams and to publish research results in leading scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Yi Qian is a member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE. He is serving on the editorial board for several international journals and magazines, including serving as the Associate Editor‐in‐Chief for IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and IEEE Communications Society. He is serving as the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE International Conference on Communications 2018.

ComSoc Distinguished Lecture: Machine Learning in Digital Medicine

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Monday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Giorgio Quer, Sr. Research Scientist at the Scripps Research Institute and Director of Artificial Intelligence at the Scripps Translational Science Institute will be presenting a distinguished lecture: “Machine Learning in Digital Medicine”.

Day & Time: Monday, May 7, 2018
3:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Giorgio Quer
Sr. Research Scientist, Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, California
Director of Artificial Intelligence, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Senior Member of the IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications society

Location: Room BA1210
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St., Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: Communications Society

Abstract: Digitalize human beings using biosensors to track our complex physiologic system, process the large amount of data generated with artificial intelligence (AI) and change clinical practice towards individualized medicine: these are the goals of digital medicine. At Scripps, we promote a strong collaboration between computer scientist, engineers, and clinical researchers, as well as a direct partnership with health industry leaders. We propose new solutions to analyze large longitudinal data using statistical learning and deep convolutional neural networks to address different cardiovascular health issues. Among them, one of the greatest contributors to premature morbidity and mortality worldwide is hypertension. It is known that lowering blood pressure (BP) by just a few mmHg can bring substantial clinical benefits, but the assessment of the “true” BP for an individual is non-trivial, as the individual BP can fluctuate significantly. We analyze a large dataset of more than 16 million BP measurements taken at home with commercial BP monitoring devices, in order to unveil the BP patterns and provide insights on the clinical relevance of these changes. Another prevalent health issue we investigated is atrial fibrillation (AFib), one of the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, which is associated with stroke, hospitalization, heart failure and coronary artery disease. AFib detection from single-lead electrocardiography (ECG) recordings is still an open problem, as AFib events may be episodic and the signal noisy. We conduct a thoughtful analysis of recent deep network architectures developed in the computer vision field, redesigned to be suitable for a one-dimensional signal, and we evaluate their performance for the AFib detection problem using 200 thousand seconds of ECG recording, highlighting the potential of this technology. Looking to the future, we are investigating new applications of existing wearable devices, requiring advanced processing and clinical validation, and we are participating to the All of Us research program, an unprecedented research effort to gather data from one million people in the USA to accelerate the advent of precision medicine.

Biography: Dr. Giorgio Quer is a Sr. Research Scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California, and he is the Director of Artificial Intelligence at the Scripps Translational Science Institute.

He received the B.Sc. degree, the M.Sc. degree (with honors) in Telecommunications Engineering and the Ph.D. degree (2011) in Information Engineering from University of Padova, Italy. In 2007, he was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Wireless Communication at the University of Oulu, Finland. During his Ph.D., he proposed a solution for the distributed compression of wireless sensor networks signals, based on the joint exploitation of Compressive Sensing and Principal Component Analysis. From 2010 to 2017, he was a visiting scholar at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and then a postdoc at the Qualcomm Institute, University of California San Diego (UCSD), working on cognitive networks protocols and implementation.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), and a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications society. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, network optimization, compressive sensing, probabilistic models, deep convolutional networks, wearable sensors, physiological signal processing, and digital medicine.

ComSoc Seminar: “Coding Near Shannon-Theoretic Limits in Control”

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Friday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m., Professor Victoria Kostina, California Institute of Technology, will be presenting an IEEE ComSoc seminar: “Coding Near Shannon-Theoretic Limits in Control”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 23, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Victoria Kostina
California Institute of Technology

Location: Room GB221, Galbraith Building, University of Toronto
35 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4


Organizer: IEEE Toronto Communications Society

Abstract: We adopt a Shannon-theoretic view of remote stochastic linear control, showing coding theorems linking the amount of information passed through the feedback loop to several operational scenarios of interest. The controller aims to minimize a quadratic cost function in the state variables and control signal, known as the linear quadratic regulator (LQR), while communicating to the system via a rate-limited channel. For several channels of interest, namely, variable-length rate-limited noiseless channels, rate-limited packet drop channels, Gaussian channels, and biomolecular channels, we propose coding strategies that can approach these information-theoretic limits.

Based on joint works with B. Hassibi, A. Khina, A. Khisti, E.R. Gårding, G. M. Pettersson, Y. Nakahira, F. Xiao, J. C. Doyle.

Biography: Victoria Kostina joined Caltech as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the fall of 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Moscow institute of Physics and Technology (2004), where she was affiliated with the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a Master’s degree from University of Ottawa (2006), and a PhD from Princeton University (2013). She is a recipient of the 2013 Princeton Electrical Engineering Best Dissertation Award, the 2015 Simons-Berkeley research fellowship, and the 2017 NSF CAREER award. Her research interests lie in information theory, theory of random processes, coding, wireless communications, and control.

ComSoc Tutorial: “Cooperative Self-Driving Vehicles”

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Tuesday, November 21st at 1:00 p.m., Shahrokh Valaee, Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, will be presenting “ComSoc Tutorial: Cooperative Self-Driving Vehicles”.

Day & Time: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Shahrokh Valaee
Professor, Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Location: Room SF (B560) Basement
Sandford Fleming Building
10 King’s College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G8

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: Communications Society

Abstract: We are witnessing the emergence of autonomous Vehicles, which intend to be an assistant to, or completely replace the driver. Unfortunately, we also notice accidents that such self-driving vehicles are involved in. Engineers wonder whether autonomous driving can provide a safe driving experience. In this talk, we will show that autonomous driving will indeed be the start of a new chapter for automobiles that will pave the path for the more advanced Connected Car technology. Autonomous vehicles use advance sensing to enhance safe driving. However, sensing quickly loses its effectiveness in high speeds, severe weather conditions, and non-line-of-sight. In a recent tragedy, a Tesla car could not detect a truck and crashed into it resulting in fatal accident. Most of such accidents can be prevented if wireless communication and networking is available for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. But, what is the most appropriate communication technology that can be used in cars and also be attractive for future buyers? In this talk, we will review the techniques and challenges for cooperative communication in Connected Vehicles. We will discuss the IEEE1609 and IEEE802.11p suite of standards, and C-V2X. The talk will discuss the shortcoming of these technologies in addressing the most challenging problem of interference management in vehicular communication. We will show how the concept of pseudo-orthogonality, network coding and compressive sensing can reduce congestion on the wireless channel.

Biography: Shahrokh Valaee is a Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the founder and the Director of the Wireless and Internet Research Laboratory (WIRLab) at the University of Toronto. Professor Valaee is the Lead TPC Chair of PIMRC 2017, and has served as Networks Track Co-Chair of WCNC 2015, TPC Co-Chair of ICT 2014, Tutorial Chair of PIMRC2014, Co-Chair of the Wireless Networks Track of WPMC 2012, and the TPC chair of PIMRC 2011, among other conference chairing activities. He has served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and as a guest editor for several journals including IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Wiley Journal on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He is currently serving as an Editor of Journal of Computer and System Science and the Area Editor of Localization and Location Based Services of Springer Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks. Professor Valaee is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. His research includes, vehicular networks, localization and tracking, and cellular systems.

ComSoc Technical Seminar: Through-the-Earth Mine Communications Theory & Practice

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Thursday, November 16th at 4:00 p.m. Ekaterina Korolkova, senior teacher in the Siberian Federal University in the Department of Radio Electronics, will be presenting “ComSoc Technical Seminar: Through-the-Earth Mine Communications Theory & Practice”.

Day & Time: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ekaterina Korolkova
Senior Teacher, Department of Radio Electronics, Siberian Federal University
Lead Engineer in Research and Manufacturing Company “Iridium” (Russian Federation)

Location: Room ENG 460, Ryerson University
245 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4

Contact: Eman Hammad

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Communication Society

Abstract: Safety is an important factor in the mining industry. Through-The-Earth technology can provide communication both in everyday usage and in a case of emergency. Developing the TTE communication systems raises a lot of questions about main system specifications such as a transmitting frequency, current and antenna geometry. This talk is about TTE system experiment in the Republic of Kazakhstan (“Irtishskaya mine”), researches in finding appropriate system specifications and antenna geometry, and finally the implementation of designed system in October 2017. Also we will speak about some propagation difficulties in the real mine and some engineering difficulties connected with mine electromagnetic environment.

In this talk we will represent experimental and numerical modeling results. We compare widely used loop antenna and grounded dipole antenna. One of the most interesting novel results is the influence of the antenna grounding depth to the signal level in the mine.

Biography: Ekaterina Korolkova is a senior teacher in the Siberian Federal University in the Department of Radio electronics teaching “Power supply of electrical systems”, “Networks and radio systems and information protection” and “Computer networks and Internet technologies”. Also she is a lead engineer in Research and Manufacturing Company “Iridium” which is designing radio electronics and doing research works in the field of seismic prospecting and seismic communications. She graduated from Irkutsk state university of railways in 2011 and for 5 years has been working in JSC “Russian Railways” projecting different telecommunication systems for the railways. In 2011-2015 completed Postgraduate studies in the field of system analysis, management and information processing. In 2013 had a title of “Engineer of a year 2013” nomination in “Youth engineering”. Now she is working on the designing the TTE mine communication system which in October 2017 was successfully implemented in the Republic of Kazakhstan in the mine “Irtishskiy”. Ekaterina’s research interests are in areas of mine and cell communication systems, radio electronics, signal propagation and through-the-earth communication systems.

Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

IEEE Toronto Industrial Relationships, Communication Society chapter and University of Toronto Electrical Engineering Department are excited to invite all interested to a two-days hands-on workshop on:

Cyber Security of the Digital Substation: Hands-on Training
Facilitated by Steel McCreery, Integration Application Specialist II Communications, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Day & Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 2017
4-hour workshop (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on Saturday
6-hour workshop (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) on Sunday

Location: Room BA 7180
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Cost: $10.00 + Tax (event is of limited capacity to 24 seats because of equipment limitations).
Register at

Requirements: Participants should bring their own laptop that has a 10/100 Base T Ethernet port and have administrator rights for their computer to configure the Ethernet port IP address.

Workshop Agenda: Saturday Oct. 21 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – Ethernet Fundamentals
This four hour session will focus on the practical aspects of implementing Ethernet-based LANs within the substation.
Topics include:
– OSI model
– Ethernet media and topologies commonly used within substations
– Ethernet hub operation and CSMA/CD
– Switch learning and operation
– SEL-2730M Managed 24-Port Ethernet Switch hardware overview and ordering options
– Hands-on lab exercises using the SEL-2730M Switches include:
– Login and account management
– Configuration of QoS (VLANs and priority)
– Configuration and testing of Rapid Spanning Tree protocol (RSTP)
– Time permitting the class will have a brief overview of the routing process: ( IPv4 addressing , DHCP , DNS, ARP, routing process)

Sunday Oct. 22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Cyber security
In this session, participants will:
– Discover that sensible cybersecurity is not difficult.
– Learn how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) to provide confidential communications and maintain data integrity.
– Understand the importance of authentication.
– Configure firewall rules to prevent malicious traffic from entering or exiting private networks to protect cyber assets.
– Understand the role of syslog to report and collect device events.
– Learn the methods to secure both Ethernet and wireless communications.

Trainer Biography: Steel McCreery

Integration Application Specialist II Communications with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories since May 2012. McCreery provides communications and automation applications engineering support to sales, consultants, utility and industrial customers in addition to SEL’s internal Engineering Services team.

Professional Experience Summary:
– Professional with thirty three years of applications experience in the areas of data communication, automation and training.
– Developed national and international training centres for GE Multilin, Siemens and Omron.
– The Sales Applications Engineer for Data Communications, Automation and Networking products.
– Extensive experience in the design and commissioning of control systems and communication networks for industrial and electrical power utility applications.

Molecular Communication in Mobile Systems

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Professor Robert Schober, Institute for Digital Communications, will be presenting “Molecular Communication in Mobile Systems”.

Day & Time: Tuesday September 26, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Robert Schober
Institute for Digital Communications
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Location: Room BA 2165
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Arin Minasian

Organizers: IEEE Communications Society

Event Link:

Abstract: Molecular communication (MC) is an emerging research area offering many interesting and challenging new research problems for communication engineers, biologists, chemists, and physicists. MC is widely considered to be an attractive option for communication between nanodevices such as (possibly artificial) cells and nanosensors. Possible applications of the resulting nanonetworks include targeted drug delivery, health monitoring, environmental monitoring, and “bottom-up” manufacturing.

In this talk, we give first a brief introduction to MC and nanonetworking. The main focus of the talk is on stochastic channel modelling for mobile MC systems where the transmitter and/or receiver are not fixed but move subject to diffusion and flow. Metrics such as the mean, autocorrelation function, and probability density function of the channel impulse response will be investigated and the notion of coherence time in MC is introduced. Subsequently, the implications of time-variant channels for MC system design are studied, and corresponding channel estimation and non-coherent detection schemes are developed. The talk concludes with a summary of potential topics for future work.

Biography: Robert Schober (S’98, M’01, SM’08, F’10) was born in Neuendettelsau, Germany, in 1971. He received the Diplom (Univ.) and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Friedrich-AlexanderUniversity of Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU), Germany, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From May 2001 to April 2002 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). From 2002-2011, he was a Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Since January 2012 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and the Chair for Digital Communication at FAU. His research interests fall into the broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing.

Dr. Schober received several awards for his work including the 2002 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG), the 2004 Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation for Research in Mobile Communications, the 2006 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2007 Wilhelm Friedrich Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2008 Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research from UBC, a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, and a 2012 NSERC E.W.R. Stacie Fellowship. In addition, he received several best paper awards. Dr. Schober is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. From 2012-2015 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee of the new Communication Society (ComSoc) journal IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communication and serves on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. Furthermore, he is a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors and a Distinguished Lecturer of ComSoc.